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Current Issue: June 2, 2003
Volume 38, Number 21

In Brief

Student privacy workshops offered

Learn more about FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 at workshops held the fourth Thursday of each month beginning in June.

FERPA is the act that governs how student information can be released.

The interactive sessions are for those who work with students, student records or who need access to student data. Sessions will be held in the Registrar’s Office conference room.

RSVP to Alec Reber, 277-6331 or areber@unm.edu.

Senate elects first north campus president

UNM Faculty Senate recently elected Sherri Burr, professor, School of Law, president-elect. Also elected were new members of the senate operations committee, including Robert Leonard and Hugh Witemeyer, Arts & Sciences; Fred Hashimoto, School of Medicine; and Pauline Turner, College of Education.

“The new members of the Faculty Senate Operations Committee are long-term UNM faculty and have served the senate for many years. They bring a wealth of experience and will serve us well,” said Burris.

Current UNM Faculty Senate President Beverly Burris, sociology, said that she is looking forward to working with Burr, who will serve as senate president in 2004-05.

“This is the first time an individual from north campus will lead Faculty Senate. Sherri has served two full terms already and has a lot of community experience which is beneficial to Faculty Senate,” Burris said.

Burris points to the transition between F. Chris Garcia’s presidency and Louis Caldera’s as an important time at the University.

UNM makes Hispanic Outlook top 100 list

UNM is rated 16th or higher in awarding degrees to Hispanic students from bachelor to doctoral levels, as reported in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s May 5 issue, “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics.”

UNM is rated 13th in conferring bachelor’s degrees, awarding a total of 2,548 degrees of which 746 went to Hispanics. Among Carnegie institutions, UNM is classified “doctoral extensive” and ranks 11 with a total of 23,753 students of whom 6,763 are Hispanic.

UNM is ranked 16th in conferring master’s degrees, awarding 1,035 with 181 going to Hispanics. Among institutions awarding doctoral degrees to Hispanics, UNM ranks 11, conferring 174 total with 20 going to Hispanics.

Staff Council elects new officers

UNM Staff Council recently elected officers for the 2003-04 academic year. They are: Alan Morgan, president; Steve Borbas, president-elect; Carol Hudson, speaker; Mimi Swanson, treasurer; Carole Vollbrecht and Lawrence Curry, trade representatives at large; and Tom Rolland and Joe McKinney, precinct representatives at large.

ISTEC and IEEE announce collaboration

The Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) at UNM and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing a joint initiative to promote science and technology in developing countries.

Jorge García, program manager at ISTEC, said the two organizations are a natural fit.

“IEEE promotes the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge about technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession.

Similarly, ISTEC fosters scientific, engineering, and technology education, joint international research and development efforts among its members in the Ibero-American region,” he said.

For more information, contact ISTEC at info@istec.org or at (505) 277-7974. Detailed information on ISTEC is also available at www.istec.org.

EPSCoR conference looks to increase lab collaborations

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - New Mexico will be co-hosting the 2003 DOE - EPSCoR conference Monday-Wednesday, June 2-4 at Sheraton Old Town in Albuquerque.

The conference objective is to provide university and laboratory researchers, faculty, students and EPSCoR policy leaders a venue to understand the national laboratories’ and universities’ needs for research, talent and strategic collaborations. Participants will be taught how to increase university-lab collaborations and student intern opportunities and how to implement “best practice” tools and processes.

Registration for the conference begins Monday, June 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the east exhibit hall. A reception will be held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science from 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by UNM President F. Chris Garcia.

The conference is sponsored by EPSCoR - New Mexico, Dept. of Energy and National Science Foundation. Los Alamos and Sandia national labs are co-hosts. Call 272-7141.